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Monday, June 2, 2014

Free organ concert June 4 at St. John's, Lafayette Square

Alan Morrison
One of the best known organists in the U.S., Alan Morrison, will present the finale of the free noon concerts of the season at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Wednesday, and the public is invited to attend at no charge. 

On the program are Toccata by Anne Wilson, Mountain Music by Harold Stover, Aria by Charles Callahan, and a piece by Washington's Leo Sowerby, Pageant, known to have one of the most difficult passages for pedal ever written.

Mr. Morrison is a champion of contemporary music and has premiered more than a dozen compositions.  He heads the organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is associate professor at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Next May he will premiere a concerto by Dick Brosse in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia's Chamber Orchestra.

Alan Morrison

From October through June St. John's hosts First Wednesday concerts for the public at 12:10 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square/Photo by Patricia Leslie

Well known as the yellow church at Lafayette Square, the “Church of the Presidents” was founded in 1815. President James Madison, who served as president from 1809 to 1817, began a tradition for all presidents who have attended and/or joined St. John's. A plaque at the rear of the church designates the Lincoln Pew where President Abraham Lincoln often sat when he stopped by St. John's during the Civil War.

Who: Alan Morrison, organist

What: First Wednesday Concerts

When: 12:10 p.m., June 4, 2014

Where: St. John’s, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street, NW, at the corner of 16th and H, Washington, D.C. 20005

How much: No charge

Duration: About 35 minutes

Wheelchair accessible

Metro stations: McPherson Square, Farragut North, or Farragut West

Food trucks: Located two blocks away at Farragut Square

For more information: Contact Michael Lodico at 202-270-6265,


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